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  1. Yes, we all know how our beloved stars love to live big and King-size when it comes to their fabulous lifestyles. Mostly they never hold back from shelling out big bucks on something we can't even imagine. However, they also don't shy away from showing how big their hearts are and that is visible in the gifts that they give out. Check out this list of Bollywood actors who have spent a fortune on extravagant gifts. 1. Abhishek Bachchan To Aaradhya Bachchan © Instagram/Abhishek Bachchan © Carlist While most of us would like to own a car by the time we turn 25, Aaradhya Bachchan, the 8-year-old, on the other hand, was gifted a Mini Cooper by her parents on her birthday and she made headlines. The price of this car is approximately Rs 25 Lakh. Yes, let that sink in! 2. SRK To Members Of Ra.One © Instagram/Iamsrk © BMW Shah Rukh Khan is not just a great actor but he is also a generous king. For the success of his film Ra. One at the box office, even though it failed at many levels, SRK gifted expensive BMW 7 series sedans that cost approximately Rs 1 Crore to superstars like Arjun Rampal. Anubhav Sinha and Rajinikanth. 3. Siddharth Roy Kapur To Vidya Balan © Instagram/Vidya Balan © Youtube/Billionaires Lifestyle If you had to gift something to your loved one, it would probably be a luxury watch or a designer bag, but Siddharth Roy Kapur gifted his beloved wife, Vidya Balan, a lavish sea-facing pad that's situated in the heart of Mumbai. We can only dream of a gift like this one! 4. John Abraham To Arshad Warsi © Instagram/John Abraham © Instagram/Arshad Warsi John Abraham and Arshad Warsi have been good friends and since John is a huge fan of bikes, he gifted Arshad Warsi a BMW F750 GS worth Rs 12 lakh on New Year's eve for the success of their movie Pagalpanti. Arshad Warsi took to Twitter to appreciate this gesture and graciously accepted the gift. Dosti ho toh aisi. 5. Sanjay Dutt To Manyata Dutt © Instagram/Sanjay Dutt © Rolls Royce Even Sanjay Dutt is ahead in the league of gifting extravagant things. So, when it was about his wife, he went all out and decided to gift her something extra special. While most of you would assume a romantic candlelight dinner and flowers or maybe even jewellery, it was actually a Rolls Royce worth Rs 3 Crore. 6. Saif Ali Khan To Kareena Kapoor Khan © Instagram/Therealkareenakapoorkhan For the Nawab of Pataudi, it is not just about expensive cars or a house but he showered his wife with something more unique. Saif gifted Kareena a pair of solitaire earrings worth Rs 2 Crore. Besides that, she had also hinted that Saif bought her the Pataudi Palace, which we have seen in some of her pictures as well. 7. Salman Khan To Jacqueline Fernandes © Instagram/Jacqueline Fernandes Salman Khan besides being an entertainer is also into painting, most of which come at an unimaginable price range. Jacquline Fernandes was lauded for her performance in Kick and Bhai gifted her an expensive painting worth Rs 2.5 Crore as a token of appreciation. View the full article
  2. In a scenario where the economy worldwide seems to be coming to a grinding halt, and people are losing their jobs left, right and centre, one would assume, sensible people will not go all out spending their money. But then, not everyone is Jeff Bezos. © Reuters Thanks to the stronghold that Jeff Bezosâ Amazon has all over the world, thanks to its businesses such as the e-commerce platform and Amazon Web Services, Jeff Bezos and Amazon saw their net worth increase exponentially over the last financial quarter. In fact, Jeff Bezos, who was any way the richest man on earth, despite a divorce settlement that saw half of his wealth go to his now ex-wife, saw his personal wealth grow by $24 billion. © Reuters Now, what do you do when you just canât stop minting money even when the world around you seems to be crumbling down? If youâre Jeff Bezos, you buy additional units around one of your apartments in New York City, a city with one of the highest real estate prices, for $16 million, or Rs 122 Crores. © Twitter/JeffBezos Despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, Jeff Bezos bought another apartment unit at 212, Fifth Avenue, where he already owned a Penthouse, worth $58 million, and a few additional units around the penthouse worth $22 Million. In Indian money, thatâs Rs 445 Crore, and 168 Crore, respectively, which adds up to Rs 613 Crores. © VisualHouse The combined value of his property in just that one building comes up to be Rs 735 crores. As per a New York Post article, construction and renovation permits were granted to Bezos to combine all these units into one apartment. © VisualHouse In an interview with the New York Post, a New York-based real estate broker, Dolly Lenz said that for his latest 3 bedroom apartment, the one he bought for $16 Million, Bezos paid more than the market value. This comes at a time when New York City has emerged as the global hotspot for the novel coronavirus, with over 2,22,000 active cases as of while writing this article. © Reuters Bezos was recently in the limelight for asking people to donate to Amazonâs charity fund so that the warehouse workers across the Amazon network all over the world, and other people in need could be taken care of, and some money would go into research around the virus. © Reuters Bezos latest acquisition comes on the back of several reports stating that in a number of warehouses, workers havenât been given the proper PPEs to work, and often, they have to work while ignoring social distancing norms, because of the nature of their work. Not to say that much before the entire pandemic, Amazon has had several documented cases of having warehouses with inhuman working conditions. © Reuters One would assume such allegations and such PR nightmares would be enough for Amazon and the companyâs top bosses would face the music. But given how the company was recently valued at over $1.1 trillion, that does not seem likely, anytime soon. View the full article
  3. Remember, Dr Mike from YouTube? Mikhail Varshavski, commonly known as Doctor Mike, is a Russian-American celebrity doctor in Osteopathic medicine, who got Insta-famous after being popularly tagged as #HotDoctorMike on social media. Here are a few things you should know about him that range from his fight against the Coronavirus, his YouTube channel, his style aesthetic to his social media clout: 1. With a current fan following of 3.6 million on Instagram and 5.3 million on YouTube, Doctor Mike is using his significant clout for good in the times of the Coronavirus pandemic with informative videos that ask people to stay alert, not anxious. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@doctor.mike) 2. Dr Mike, aside from his career in medicine, started a YouTube channel wherein he tries to make medicine more familiar to his audience. To make things interesting, he reviews medical dramas and breaks them down in terms of what they present accurately and what is fiction. We're talking major shows like Grey's Anatomy, House, The Good Doctor, Scrubs to name a few. Here's one of his famous videos: 3. His fan following has made eerie comparisons of him with onscreen fictional doctor 'McDreamy' from Grey's Anatomy, courtesy of his spiffy style that we get to witness on Instagram. 4. In fact, these days, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, he's doing everything in his reach to fight the pandemic. He was one of the first ones to put up videos on the outbreak with constant updates. 5. This was followed up with a doctor's perspective on the frontlines and how it's poles apart from what politicians have to say about Covid-19. 6. Other than that, his quest to get N-95 masks for his colleagues worth 50,000 dollars are popular videos on Covid-19. 7. If you haven't already noticed, one of the reasons why he has a huge fan following is because of the way he cleans up when he's not in his scrubs. In fact, for other fellow doctors, he's no less than an inspiration. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@doctor.mike) As of now, he's busy with patients on the frontlines in hospitals and also making videos for the rest of us (whenever he gets the time) so that we know as much as we can about this pandemic. We hope to see the pandemic ending soon, so that doctors like him get the well-deserved break that they need at this point. View the full article
  4. CEO Mark Triggon, previously the chief merchandising officer at Target, laid out his plans to turn around the beleaguered American retailer Bed Bath & Beyond. Part of that plan was reducing the number of can openers from 12 to 3. Sales rose. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Tritton explained how tests conducted in his first few months at the company showed that less is more when it comes to product assortment. “The big takeaway: Selling too many items in stores that are overcrowded leads to ‘purchase paralysis,” Mr. Tritton said. Bed Bath & Beyond exploded across the American landscape in the 1990s and 2000’s with its focus on opening new “big box” stores for home merchandise where it was meant to be a category killer – consumers would shop in stores that offered them anything and everything. It was famous for its floor-to-ceiling options, and a simple trip for a new shower curtain turned into a shopping spree for every room in the home. In recent years though, that approach has soured on consumers. A Business Insider reporter commented on her latest trip, “From our first steps in, the store was overwhelming. There was merchandise packed top to bottom on shelves that lined every wall.” The tides have changed. Consumers are being offered – and overwhelmed – with more choices than ever before. PARADOX OF CHOICE One of the great benefits of the modern web is a proliferation of choice: choice in sprawling ideologies, choice in niche interests, and choice in shopping for thousands of products at a click of a button. All of this, every day. Unfortunately, that abundance of choice can stress and even paralyze our ability to make decisions. Psychologist Barry Schwartz coined the term Paradox of Choice in a 2004 book by the same name, where he advanced the idea that eliminating consumer choices can reduce anxiety for shoppers. In other words, instead of offering 12 options for can openers, offer 3 options. What does this mean for online communities? LESS IS MORE Across the spectrum of communities and forums, some of the biggest critical mistakes are forum creep and feature bloat. New features are mindlessly added thinking it will lead to higher engagement, new forums are added for every conceivable discussion, and design choices are automatically enabled at the default without aligning to your strategy. Your initial goal is to sweep through your entire community and identify the areas that align with your community strategy. For categories and boards that are low-value, low traffic, or not aligned with any strategic objectives, you should aggressively consolidate or eliminate. There’s no hard rule when it comes to design choices, although 7 has been touted as a magic number for short-term human memory. You can use this magic number across a range of design decisions. For example: At most 7 Reactions At most 7 Primary Menu options At most 7 major sections or content hubs THE JAM EXPERIMENT Choice overload can actually lead to less sales. In 2000, psychologists Sheena Iyengar of Columbia University and Mark Lepper of Stanford University led a much-recited study where they presented passerbys at a food market with two tables: one with 24 fruit jams, the other with 6 jams. The one with 24 different jams generated more traffic to sample and taste. But guess which table generated more sales? The other table with fewer jams, which had ten times more purchases! The moral of the story? At junctures of your member journey where you ask users to make a critical decision such as user information when registering, subscriptions, or selling products, don’t be the table with 24 jams to sample, but never able to sell. BIG BOX & SMALL BOX Invision Community offers an interesting approach where you can act like both a “big box” community for your general audience and still offer “small box” cohesiveness for more intimate groups. The feature is called Clubs, which empowers smaller groups to form and split off from the main audience. This is an especially consequential feature for mature and large communities looking to organically cultivate their next generation of engagement. Indeed, this is a trend happening in a large way among next-gen consumers, who are realizing the perils of broadcasting and oversharing. In a 2019 white paper “The New Rules of Social” led by youth creative agency ZAK, nearly two-thirds of the under-30 respondents said they prefer to talk in private message rather than open forums and feeds. Facebook themselves launched head-first towards social groups back in 2016 after the US Presidential election. In a 6,000 word essay called "Building Global Community," Zuckerberg sermonized on the importance of building connections in meaningful groups: Forum administrators on Invision Community have been building meaningful communities since day one. When properly deployed, Clubs will allow you to cultivate – and retain – users in a more focused environment without the distractions of your larger community. CONCLUSION For community managers and forum administrators who have run their Invision Communities for many years, you know first-hand that the power of community doesn’t come from adding another feature, another board, or another category. Happiness and fulfillment come from actually connecting with members, through education, enlightenment, problem solving, and teamwork. Overloading your community with theme options, excess reactions, and overbuilt boards get in the way of your true goal. Become the CEO to reduce the overwhelming options of can openers. Sell more jam by offering less of it. And unfetter yourself from unnecessary choices to discover a clearer connection to your members. Executive Summary Bed Bath & Beyond CEO declutters stores, sales rise Concept of paradox of choice: users can become overwhelmed and stressed when presented with too many options Jam experiment: table with more jams gets more traffic, but table of less jams gets more sales For large and established communities, use Clubs to offer intimate and uncluttered experiences.
  5. Although Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander failed to make its intended soft-landing on the moon, the mission is still considered to be a success. However, it looks like ISRO really wants to get that lander on the lunar surface, and hence the organisation has begun work on a second attempt. Earlier this month, ISRO Chief K.Sivan had confirmed the government's approval for a spacecraft and a rover to land on the Moon's south pole. The mission is scheduled to take place next year, but it looks like work has already begun. © Reuters While addressing at a space event in Bengaluru, ISRO chief K. Sivan confirmed yet again that they've started working on the third lunar mission i.e Chandrayaan 3 . The mission will see the landing on an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. "We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon's south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021," he said. India's first attempt to land on the lunar surface, in case you don't know, didn't go exactly as planned. The Vikram lander crash-landed on the Moon's surface due to a velocity glitch. The orbiter, however, didn't have any issues and it continued to send valuable info back to ISRO. © Reuters That being said, the next mission will not have an orbiter. ISRO will only be sending a lander and a rover to the moon, which means the mission might not be as expensive as the last one. Still, the lander, rover and the rocket itself will cost a total of Rs 610 crores, out of which Rs 360 crore will go towards the GSLV-MkIII launch vehicle. It's the same vehicle that successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on July 22, 2019. Source: Firstpost View the full article
  6. How far will go you to 'eat' something you love? Order a pizza twice a week? Go to Starbucks and get your dose of a special shot of coffee once a week? Okay, but what if one craves something which cannot be probably ordered on Zomato, for example, talcum powder. Lisa Anderson, a 44-year-old English woman who stumbled upon Johnson & Johnson baby powder while giving her young one a bath, has been addicted to eating it and can easily devour a 200 gm tub by herself in a day. © Twitter/DailyMail Lisa is addicted to the point where she needs to lick it off every 30 minutes and sometimes wakes up during the night to eat it when the pangs of hunger attack her. Also, she has spent over 8000 pounds (around Rs 7.5 lakhs) on buying talcum powder for oral consumption. She kept this a secret for over a decade before finally seeking professional help for this disorder. One might associate with Pica, which is a disorder where a person is obsessed with eating non-food items like paint, clay or in Lisa's case, talcum powder. Mother reveals she has an addiction to eating Johnson's Baby Powder https://t.co/8acknKdn9p — Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) January 6, 2020 In an interview, she explained her undying hunger for talcum powder. “I've always had it [talcum powder] in the house and would douse myself with it after having a bath or shower. I'd use it on the kids after giving them a wash no problem. And then one day I remember being in the bathroom and the smell was just overpowering. There was a bit of dust that had come off the top of the bottle. I had this sudden urge to eat it and I just couldn't fight it. I just licked it off my hand and really enjoyed it. It just hit this spot. It was satisfying a craving I never knew I had.” Let's hope she gets all the help she needs to fight this addiction as her life is important not for her own sake but for the sake of her five children as well. View the full article
  7. Selena Gomez just spent Christmas signing 4000 copies of her album RARE Selena Gomez is on cloud 9 as she will dropping her highly-anticipated album RARE in 2020. Meanwhile her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber is also reported to release his new album around the same time as Selena in order to eclipse her. However, Selena had an amazing Christmas as she spent the festival making her fans’ wishes come true. The singer dressed up as Santa and signed around 4,000 copies of her album RARE and will be signing 6,000 more! This was revealed by the 27-year-old singer who posted on Instagram, “Merry Christmas and many, many blessings to you and your close loved ones. 4,000 down 6,000 more to go RARE is coming out Jan 10th,” she wrote alongside a picture from her day of album signing, dressed in a cozy pink Puma tracksuit. In addition to this, Selena also posted a series of pictures wherein she can be seen striking a pose in front of snow-covered trees and mountains. Earlier, the singer dropped in particular tracks from the coveted album and teased her fans as to what's in store for them.
  8. As a 28-year-old man about to build a Lego set the box of which says 'Age 9+', I told myself the same thing I'd been telling everyone else for years as far as Harry Potter is concerned: "This is not for kids." My firm belief was reiterated once I opened the box and saw the contents inside. Nope, no way can a 9-year-old finish building this monstrosity, I told myself. © MensXP It was the biggest puzzle I'd ever seen in my life. To make things more exciting (and terrifying), this puzzle was 3D. Once I saw the actual Lego bricks and the instruction manual, I felt what Hermione probably felt before her OWLs - a strange mix of elation and anxiety. As much as I wanted to do it all by myself, I realized I probably will end up building it till the next morning and end up missing work. I did what a Dilli Ka Launda would inevitably do during a crisis - called up my homies. © MensXP As four of us finally sat down with a mission, it became evident that I was right. Just like non-Potterheads mock the Potterverse with jibes like 'How is a grown man like you still stuck on to Harry Potter?', while being absolutely clueless about the intricacies of the series that are anything but juvenile in nature, what lay in front of us was a full-blown project, that only intellect and focus could have carried through to completion. (Yes, the manual had explicit instructions, what's your point?) © MensXP We started out by building the characters. There were eight characters, and this particular set was based on the Goblet of Fire narrative. We had Dumbledore and the trio, Madame Maxime, Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, and Fleur Delacour. © MensXP We did have some unfortunate mixups that left us in splits, but we did manage to get them all out flawlessly. Interestingly, all of them had two faces - one happy and one sad that could be rotated (an irony how Professor Quirrell wasn't a part of the set tbh). © MensXP The attention to detail in the set, in all its minuscule cuteness, was astounding, to say the least. The smallest of the tables had about 20-25 parts to them and took quite some time to build. © MensXP This particular set was based on the Hogwarts Clock Tower, and every nook and corner had so many parts to them, that we ended up feeling like the founders themselves. © MensXP © MensXP The backside of the castle was open, and it contained familiar locations. It consisted of multiple elements from the castle, like Dumbledore's office and the Prefects' bathroom. © MensXP As we kept building, we kept discovering the other locations - the hospital wing, the Defence Against the Dark Arts class, as well as the enclosure where the Tri-Wizard Cup was placed. © MensXP It also contained the Yule Ball dance floor that was made of gears, that rotated. The characters could be placed on them, making actual pairs out of them. © MensXP After what seemed like 3 whole hours, we finally put it all together, and this is what it looked like. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP Honestly, this low key felt like a real trip to the Hogwarts castle, while drowning us all in nostalgia. However, this also left us with a few questions about 4 men in their early '30s deriving so much pleasure and excitement out of something that is supposedly meant for kids' entertainment. I got in touch with Lego and ended up asking them about whether adults legit make up a part of their target audience, and was thrilled to find out that I was right. "The Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) are also very vital for us as they are our brand ambassadors and it is our constant endeavour to bring in various pop culture collaborations like Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Bugatti etc. which play a huge role in strengthening our bond with them. We have a wide gamut of challenging themes like Creator Expert, Technic™ and LEGO Ideas, which are fast-moving amongst AFOL. We are also launching the latest range of LEGO Star Wars in late 2019, which will be another interesting and awaited range for our adult fans", I was told. © MensXP Well, let's just say we all celebrated the fact that we finally did something constructive (literally) over the weekend to help us take a walk down the memory lane inside Hogwarts, while offering a much-required breather to our livers. It was a win-win! View the full article
  9. Every year the earth loses a significant amount of forest cover through deforestation, dam constructions, farming and agriculture, mining or any other industrial development. Along with forests, a lot of flora, fauna and wildlife is at stake as well as most animals lose forest covers and migrate or get displaced in order to find home again. But efforts in conservation make all the difference to lost forests and their animals and we have one example in maintaining those efforts, right here. Way back in 1994, a Brazilian photojournalist, Sebastião Salgado, returned from Rwanda, East Africa, where he was capturing the horrors of the genocide. Soon, he was returning home from there, hoping he'd get to spend some time at home, with the lush green forests that surround it, in Minas Gerais area of Brazil. But unfortunately, he didn't find what he had expected. He came home to a dusty and damaged landscape, dried up rivers, no trees or any greenery to support the landscape, and all the wildlife was certainly gone. Salgado was devastated and surprised to find the land covered in 0.5% of trees, which is next to nothing. © Sebastiao Selgado facebook Imagine you live in an area which is beautiful and nourishing green. It becomes a part of your life. You wake up with the sounds of birds chirping and peacocks strumming their hefty tunes, welcoming the mornings. Then one day you decide to go away to say study or work elsewhere. But home is home, so you have to go back sometime. And when you're back, the trees, the peacocks, the greenery is all wiped out, because the pollution and the toxic air didn't let anything else breathe. It's a feeling of losing an entire home and that's exactly how Sebastião Salgado was feeling. The reason I asked you to imagine his situation is because he did something to revive what he had lost, much like what you and I can do, for losing trees and forest covers around our surroundings. © Sebastiao Selgado Facebook Salgado's wife, Lelia, seeing how shattered he was suggested a next-to-impossible proposal. She suggested that if the two worked hard enough, they could restore an entire forest, just like how it was. If the forest gains its green cover back, the wildlife will come back on an autopilot. Although, Salgado was a bit doubtful, he agreed to work towards reviving the forest land back to its glory, bringing back all the species that once flourished there. And right after both decided upon this thought, there was no looking back. The first transformative seed was sowed back in 1998, to begin the entire process but the couple realised it wasn't a two people job. So, to help make the process easier to convert a 1,754 acre of land back to a forest, they hired 24 people who worked day and night with the couple to plant saplings and get rid of invasive weeds, that were making it difficult to grow anything there. © Sebastiao Selgado Intagram To bring in some amount of funding aid to build the forest simultaneously the couple set up and organisation called Instituto Terra, which recruited partners and volunteers who planted at least 4 million saplings. The main aim of the environmental organisation is to restore the eco-system in the area and help procure and plant the saplings over years, by producing Atantic Forest Seedlings. The community since then has grown bigger and better involving students, farmers, teachers, volunteers and local officials who give their time to build the forest. Along with that, the organisation provides advice to farmers who're helping them out in that region. © Instituto Terra Slowly, the efforts the couple made along with the volunteers paid off. Today the forest has a good green cover, with trees native to the region, along with some tropical trees as well. Even though this forest suffered severe deforestation about 20 years ago, today it stands strong as a lush green paradise, almost back to its original state. The forest has 293 species of trees and restored about 1,502 acres of tropical forest land and the work is commendable because once where there was nothing there's an entire forest now. © Instituto terra Also, it's a given. Along with the new forest, an entire eco-system was rebuilt from scratch. Due to a new transformation, a tropical microclimate is back, to retain the forest further, with rainfall and natural water bodies that have been formed over time. But the biggest joy factor is welcoming back the wildlife that went missing about 20 years ago from the forest. They eventually all made it back home and how! View this post on Instagram Look, what can happen in just 12 years! Instituto Terra showed us what is possible. What do you think, can we save our rainforest and keep it this green too? It's up to you. ð³ #BeATreeCoiner #TreeCoin #InstitutoTerra #Brasilia #Paraguay A post shared by TreecoinTXCð³ (@treecointxc) on Jan 28, 2019 at 4:11am PST © Instituto terra The return of the wild animals is the most positive transition to have taken place post the recreation of the forest. And that's because there is enough food and protection for them available now. There are now 172 species of birds, 33 types of mammals and 15 species of amphibians and reptiles, most of which are endangered and luckily now, they will live a protected life in their newly built home. © Instituto terra This by far is the most motivating and encouraging story we've ever read. Imagine building a forest and bringing it back to its original state, with the animals, flora and fauna intact. In fact, we can make a similar difference in our own surrounding, if we show a little bit of passion and determination toward building a better world. Sebastião and Lelia certainly did and they wake up each morning and tell themselves if we can built a forest from scratch, anything is possible. © Instituto terra
  10. They say money can't buy happiness, and there is no denying that it's true. But money can buy things which brings a strange pleasure to those who seek it. Be it for the happiness of our family, or personal satisfaction, we sometimes don't mind spending money on things that do not make sense but bring us pleasure. However, while most of us can only afford to spend our hard-earned money on senseless stuff only once in a while when the temptation becomes too difficult to ignore, the billionaires of this world do not have such obligations. Given the amount of money that sits in their bank accounts, they can choose to spend their millions and billions in the most unnecessary and senseless ways, without giving it a second thought. © Twitter A few hours ago, news broke that the world's richest man Jeff Bezos spent rupees 1.25 crore on bulletproof panels for his Seattle office. The inch-and-a-half thick fibreglass panels were chosen because they can reportedly withstand shots from military assault rifles. What's more, it is being said that Amazon spends over 11 crore rupees on Bezos' security annually. Now, we understand that the man needs protection, but that's a whole lot of money to spend on an individual's personal security. But this isn't all, we list down 5 other world billionaires who decided to go ahead and spend their money in even stranger ways. 1. Bill Gates © Twitter Bill Gates is a great admirer of Leonardo da Vinci and maybe that is the only explanation as to why he chose to spend over 30 million dollars on the old man's journal. Back in 1994, Microsoft founder Gates spent 30.8 million dollars to gain the ownership of the Codex Leicester. It is a 72-page manuscript compiled by da Vinci compiled in the early 16th century and features the master polymath's diagrams, writings, sketches and ideas for future inventions. 2. Mukesh Ambani © Twitter India's richest man and industrial magnate, Mukesh Ambani owns more money than we can count. With a net worth of 5,530 crore dollars, he sure built a house that speaks money. Mukesh Ambani spend 1 billion dollars to build the most expensive home in the world! A 27-storey skyscraper that stretches across 400,000-square-foot, it comes with a helipad and six-level underground parking. What's more, reportedly it also has a ballroom, a 50-seat theatre and nine elevators in the lobby alone, and requires around 600 staff to maintain the place. And all that for a family of six, that stays in the mansion at a given time. 3. Jocelyn Wildenstein's Plastic Surgeries © Twitter A well-known Swiss socialite, Wildenstein always waded in money. However, things only got bigger and crazier after she received 2.5 billion dollars as a divorce settlement. Wildenstein, who is now in her late 70s, had been spending millions, almost excessively and obsessively, on plastic surgery. According to a Mirror report, Wildenstein has spent over 27 crores on her decade-long surgeries. 4. Elon Musk © Twitter Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk is known for his eccentricity. For the man whose brain led to the inception of the Hyperloop tunnel, it only makes sense that he fancies “different” methods of personal transportation. Back in 2013, Musk acquired the Lotus Esprit submarine car of James Bond's glory, from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and reportedly, he had to cough out almost 1 million dollars for the car which was found in a storage shed of a junk collector. 5. Hassanal Bolkiah © Twitter Known as the infamous Sultan of Brunei, Bolkiah probably got the most expensive haircut in the world. Reportedly, the Sultan flies in a barber from London and pays him around 19,000 US dollars for a single haircut. Not only that, but the Sultan also takes care of the barber's accommodation and other requirements. That's some kind of job to have, no?
  11. There's been a lot of banter about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera prowess. My colleague reviewed the phone earlier this week and found it to be really good, but I wanted to test it out myself before passing my judgement, if any. So I decided to borrow our review unit and took it out for a spin. And boy, was I in for a surprise! I use an iPhone XR as my daily driver and I really like that phone, its cameras included. In fact, it has been one of my favorite phones to shoot pictures with lately. Given how much I like the iPhone XR's cameras, I wasn't expecting the Note 7 Pro to take me by surprise. But trust me, I was wrong. At first, I started capturing random pictures with the Redmi Note 7 Pro to get the hang of the camera and Xiaomi's camera app. Even when I wasn't really putting much effort, this phone managed to produce shots like this: © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Yes, it was at this point that I decided to pull out my iPhone XR out of curiosity to see how they compared. It was somewhat a gloomy day here in New Delhi, which I thought was just perfect to push these cameras to their limits. So, I did. Just take a look: Note: All photos captured from the Redmi Note 7 Pro have a watermark. The images used for comparison were shot on an iPhone XR. Also, none of these images have been edited in any way whatsoever. The images, which you see below, were shot from a metro station. Both phones did a really good job here, but I personally like the Redmi Note 7 Pro's photo mainly because of the colors. They're natural, and the overall image look a lot presentable with lots of detail. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Next up, I decided to go with a shot which, honestly, even a lot of flagship smartphones struggle with. As we all know, it's pretty hard to expose the subject when there's a strong source of light right behind or around the subject. But both the phones did great in this case. The fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro managed to make it just as good as the iPhone XR did, is truly impressive. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another one. The Redmi Note 7 Pro's image is the clear winner for me here. The focus on the subject is on point, and there's a ton of detail. Not that the iPhone's image is bad, but it's not something I would post on social media without doing a bit of tinkering unlike the Note 7 Pro's image. It's truly a stunning shot, is it? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Even as I was losing the light and things started getting more gloomy, the Redmi Note 7 Pro didn't fail to impress me. This is one of those images, which truly made me question the point of buying an expensive phone to get good cameras. Great dynamic range and really good exposure. Just take a look - © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another shot taken in low light/ artificial lighting. This restaurant is better known for its food than lighting, but the pictures aren't too shabby, are they? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer I can keep throwing in more images here from my gallery, but I think we've established a point here. No, I am not trying to pick a winner and justify my opinion. However, I must say that Xiaomi has done a phenomenal job with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I mean, just Rs 13,990 for a smartphone that's capable of competing with big dogs like Apple's iPhone? Sign me up. Of course, I am not ready to ditch my iPhone, at least not yet, but the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a star. If you like taking pictures on your phone among other things and you don't want to burn a huge whole in your pocket, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a no-brainer. It's truly the budget king that everyone needs to beat. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Well, that wraps up just about everything. Again, most of this is subjective since not all people tend to prefer the same kind of images. But as someone who loves taking pictures for Instagram and craves a bit of a self-validation, I really enjoyed my time shooting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. If you're looking to check out more camera samples or want to learn more about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's overall performance, then be sure to check out our review of the phone.
  12. When you have so much money that you don't even know what to do with it, you start spending it on honestly the most bizarre, frivolous things. Case in point - Drake's new diamond encrusted iPhone case. Oh, and it apparently cost him $400,000 which is exactly â¹2,85,92,000. Basically, while we're all struggling to even afford an iPhone, he spent the money it would take to buy, say 400 iPhones, on a single phone case. I mean, it's his money and he can do whatever he wants with it, so Champagne Papi just decided to call everyone a broke bitch at the same time. Well, here's the cover, and please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this is a little tacky. View this post on Instagram Because we can't do basic! Diamond iPhone case cover for our friend @champagnepapi ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ A post shared by JASON OF BEVERLY HILLS (@jasonofbeverlyhills) on Feb 14, 2019 at 5:21am PST Not so basic, for sure. But, I still have some questions - What will happen when a new iPhone comes and it's time for Drake to upgrade? Will he stick to his current iPhone or drop another half a million dollars on a case? Is he being this extra just because he has a song called 'hotline bling' and this is literally hotline bling come to life? Does this case offer any extra protection when his phone inevitably falls? Will the diamonds prevent a broken screen? But, most importantly, I'm just scared of him losing his phone or someone stealing it. I mean, it would hurt us if we lost our iPhone, but he would not just lost his iPhone but 3 crore worth of diamonds as well. It hurts just thinking about it. Drake, be careful man, your phone is probably a target now.
  13. If you're spending a shit ton of money on an expensive car, you probably won't shell anything more for that car, right? Wrong. KS Balagopal, a businessman from Kerala first spent a lot of money - more than one crore - to buy an imported blue Porsche 718 Boxter. Then, on top of that, he spent almost one-third of that amount to just win a fancy registration number. He bid on the number he wanted in an open auction held at the transport office in Thiruvananthapuram and then managed to win the number KL-01CK-1 after spending Rs 31 lakh for it. Am I the only one who can't figure out what's so special about the number? Twitter Reportedly, the last round of auction only had three contenders and started with a bid of just Rs 500. Wait, what? How did it end up in lakhs, let alone 31 lakh? One of the contenders, a Dubai-based NRI, decided to quit after the bid crossed Rs 10 lakh and the second one was willing to shell out Rs 25.50 lakh but when Balagopal brought up the bid to Rs 30 lakh, he also quit. On top of that, it also cost him about Rs 1 lakh to register the number as well. Well, he spent a lot of money but at least he also made a record in the process. According to the regional transport authority, this is now the highest bid for a fancy number in the country. Twitter Turns out, this is not even the first time he's spent way too much for a number. Back in 2017, he paid Rs 19 lakh for his Toyota Land Cruiser to get the number KL-01CB-01. Okay, there may be an explanation, after all, for all of this. According to Balagopal, “number addiction” was his childhood obsession and he never regrets spending big on his favourite numbers. Well, if someone can afford it, why the hell won't they do it?
  14. When Odisha based tea-seller Devarapalli Prakash Rao took it upon himself to change the lives of young kids by providing for the education of children of daily wage workers and rickshaw pullers besides many other slum children, by setting aside half of his monthly earnings for the purpose, never once did he imagine to find himself in the company of our Prime Minister, who would be all praise for the man, owing to his distinguished efforts in the field of affordable education in the country. So, when the Ministry of Home Affairs announced the list of Padma Awards for 2019, Devarapalli was in for a sweet surprise, since his name was listed amongst the 94 names that had been shortlisted for the Padma Shri award this year. © Twitter 59-year-old Devarapalli Prakash Rao has been spending a substantial part of his life and earnings for the betterment of a section of our society, which is unfortunately ignored otherwise. For the last 18 years, Rao has been educating slum children by paying for their education from his own pockets. But before setting this aside as “nothing too special”, we would like you to recall that Cuttack-based Rao, is a roadside tea-seller, who survives on a humble, daily earning. So, on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn't stop gushing about all the wonderful things Rao has done, in his 44th edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', Devarapalli's life kind of came a full circle. Hailing Rao as the “guardian angel” of underprivileged kids, PM Modi shared how delighted he had been to meet Rao, who has been donating half of his daily earnings for the education and food for over 70 kids, over a span of 18 years, and changing the lives of innumerable children. © Twitter However, Rao's journey hasn't been an easy one. A school drop out himself, he set up 'Asha O Ashwasana' school in 2000. His motivation came from the discord he felt when he saw young kids in his neighbourhood giving in to the temptations of petty crimes and intoxication that alcohol promised. So, while Rao's father never bothered to take care of his education, Rao decided to do the needful for these young kids. After a lot of struggle, he managed to convince parents to send their children to his school, since most of these families couldn't afford to part with a working member, thereby giving up on a pair of hands that could earn. Today, with classes up to 3rd standard, Rao takes care of these kids' uniforms and books, besides a small midday meal that comprises of milk and biscuits. © Twitter Rao's story is one that tugs at our dormant conscience, reminding us that every small act of thoughtfulness counts, that every little effort could touch hundreds of lives and make them better if only we can spare the thought, time and resources to look beyond our personal challenges. Why? Because like D. Prakash Rao, happiness and contentment can be found in furthering and building others dreams and lives when our own becomes too much of a work to carry on with. Because didn't Albert Einstein once say that, “a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile” and Rao seems to have proved it true, through and through. Kudos to the man! © Twitter
  15. Frenkie de Jong is not the kind of name (at least, not yet) to be recognised at the sound of it. And, for a 21-year-old, who has five national caps with Netherlands and currently plies his trade in Eredivisie (Dutch football league), this youngster still has a long way to go to establish himself. That's generally the impression when a young and relatively inexperienced footballer comes to mind. But, this youngster is a class apart. One of Europe's most sought-after young players, De Jong had some of the biggest football clubs in the world chasing him with big bucks in the offering. Defending Premier League champions Manchester City were on their toes to secure his services, while Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain were willing to break the bank for the youngster. © Reuters But, after multiple interests and weeks of negotiations, the Dutch wonderkid eventually answered the call of Spanish football powerhouse Barcelona who outsmarted other clubs by splurging a staggering 75 million euros (a little over 605 crore in rupees), plus a further 11 million in variables for the next five seasons (through to 2023-24). So what really makes this youngster worth all that cheddar? Here's the answer. Touted as one of Europe's most promising midfield talents, the 21-year-old has proved himself as a polyvalent player with an excellent reading of the game and ability to provide that 'killer pass'. Honing his skills in the famed Willem II academy, De Jong had spent just a year in Tilburg when he caught the eye of Ajax who secured his signatures in 2015. © Reuters However, he was loaned back from Amsterdam to his former team to ensure he got enough playing time to fully reach his capabilities and develop as a player. The Dutchman, then, returned to Ajax to lead its reserve team in the Jupiler League. A year on from then, he earned first call-up for first team duty, and appeared for the final minutes of the Europa League final against Manchester United in 2017. From there on, De Jong became a regular face and eventually an essential part of the Ajax setup. ðµð´ Ajax talent Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona in the summer on a five-year-deal... â¹ï¸ All you need to know about the new @FCBarcelona midfielder ððð — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 23, 2019 To further bolster his resume, De Jong has lost possession with only 9.7 per cent of his touches in the Eredivisie since his debut - a lower percentage than any other player (minimum 500 touches) in that period. On the other hand, the youngster boasts of an impressive 91.8 per cent take-on (an attempt to regain possession) success rate and 91.6 per cent pass accuracy to strengthen his case. Frenkie de Jong, Ajax 18-19. Barcelona purchased one hell of a player. That price is eyewatering for a player from the Eredivisie, but given how many super clubs wanted him, it's not a huge surprise. pic.twitter.com/KRaXoWiOmf — Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) January 23, 2019 Of the 177 players to have attempted more than 25 dribbles, De Jong has a better dribble success rate (86.2 per cent) than any other player since the start of the 2017/18 Eredivisie season. Apart from that, De Jong has not lost a single game in his last 10 matches (for both club and country). © Reuters Right footed and strong in the one-on-one duels, the Dutch wonderkid can play either as a defensive or attacking midfielder. His immaculate vision and natural ability to find the right pass in crunch situations is what makes him the perfect choice as a central playmaker. Other than that, he has the acceleration, craft, control, tactical nous and sharp decision-making abilities. All the necessary skills that'll make him fit into the Blaugrana midfield like hand-in-glove. "With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project. We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come," Josep Maria Bartomeu said after his deal. And, for all this young gun brings to the table, we couldn't agree more with the Barca president.
  16. Remember waking up on a Saturday morning, loving that you didn't have to go to school, heading straight to the TV, putting on your console and playing your favourite game? Yeah, that's what the weekends looked like when we were kids. Wasn't it fun? Way better than the present day when all we have to look forward to on the weekend is paying electricity bills and getting the flush repaired. Yes, we're all at an age where nostalgia is hitting us hard at every single turn, so today, let's look back at 5 video games we never got enough of as kids: Contra There's no way we're ever forgetting this game. From the cool music to the endless action, it was pretty much the best shooting game of its generation. I'm yet to meet anyone, gamer or non-gamer, who hasn't heard of Contra. As a kid, it was the ultimate video game for me. Shooting games couldn't possibly get any better, right? Boy, was I wrong! Still, you know how they say you never forget your first. Yeah, that! Super Mario Bros. There have been tons of different versions of Mario but the original will always be one of our favourites. No, we're talking about Mario's first appearance (Donkey Kong), we're talking about the game the entire family can enjoy. I remember my brother and my cousins patiently waiting for their turn to play. Spare a thought for Luigi though, the poor guy never stood a chance back then. Road Rash This list wouldn't be complete without paying homage to the first co-op video game in Indian history. No, Road Rash wasn't actually a co-op game, but all of us remember controlling the bike while our younger siblings got to kick anyone who came close to us. If that's not teamwork I don't know what is. I have some fond memories of this one. Midtown Madness Road Rash was our first tryst with racing games, but Midtown Madness was a cut above in more ways than one. We had so many vehicles to choose from, so many different maps. It was a dream to play. It was also my first introduction to the roadster. Boy that car could move. Pac-Man We end this list with possibly one of the most iconic games of the millennium, Pac-Man. The concept was simple, fun and the music just made it so much more enjoyable. It also taught us that eating fruit would scare ghosts away. Now that's top-notch life advice, right? We will never forget any of these video games no matter how many years go by. But, if you're looking for a, sort of, mini-jolt of nostalgia, check out 'Ralph Breaks The Internet.' It is a more than apt successor to the first movie and nostalgia is just one of the reasons why you should check it out.
  17. Remember Savji Dholakia? The generous diamond-merchant from Surat for whom almost half the country wants to work for. Why? Because he showers his employees with gifts and rewards, while most of us sit in our office cribbing about our jobs. But why are we talking about him now? Because Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding details are out and their hotel rooms cost much lesser than what Dholakia spent on his employees this Diwali. He distributed 600 cars to his employees, at an event that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Facebook While we don't know how Ranveer and Deepika's sangeet functions are coming around, we've got our hands on something equally interesting - the cost of their hotel rooms in Italy. Ranveer and Deepika are getting married at the Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como on November 14 and 15. According to a report in India Today, the couple and their families are staying at a luxury resort on the east side of Lake Como, instead of a villa. The resort has been booked for the wedding and is being decorated by the florists. According to reports 12 florists were flown in from Florence to decorate the wedding venue. View this post on Instagram Pictures from the stunning resort booked by #ranveersingh h & #deepikapadukone #DeepVeerKiShaadi #deepveer . . . Follow US @glitterandglamourindia #instalikes #deepveerkishaadi #deepveer #deepikaranveer #deepikapadukone #ranveersingh #lakecomo #bollywoodwedding #weddingvenue #villadelbalbianello #italy #celebrity #celebritywedding #bollywoodnews #trending #1daytogo #love A post shared by Naveen Pandey (@glitterandglamourindia) on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:14am PST Reportedly, the estimated cost of a room is 400 euros (around 33,000). Given the resort has 75 rooms, then the price is around 25 lakh per day and for a week it cost around 1.73 crores for a week. View this post on Instagram #deepveer and their families have been staying here ,ðwhich is 45 mins away from #villadelbalbianello ð,,It has 75 rooms,,and they have completely booked the hotel until November 17 â¤,,The rent here for 1 week is nearly 1.73 crores ð®,,And it is clear that all of them will leave Italy on November 17,,⤠. #deepveerwaale #deepveerkishaadi #deepveerwedding ,#italyð®ð¹ #lakecomowedding #villadelbalbianello #followme @deepveer_addict_ ⤠A post shared by #deepveerwaale ⤠(@deepveer_addict_) on Nov 13, 2018 at 1:00am PST Coming back to Savji Dholakia, he gifted 600 cars (Renault KWID and Maruti Suzuki Celerio cars) as gifts this Diwali and if we calculate it, the cost comes around 2.7 crores. Did Ranveer and Deepika make the booking from MakeMyTrip or Goibibo? Instagram Fans of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone can't keep calm as the couple is about to get married in a couple of hours at Lake Como, Italy. Unfortunately, there's nothing else their fans can do apart from looking at their previous pictures, because the couple has asked the wedding guests not to carry mobile phones to the wedding venue in order to respect their privacy.
  18. Well, India is finally home to the largest statue in the entire world. What an achievement! And it only cost the country just a little under Rs 3000 crore to be able to say that. Totally worth it, right? Today was the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the Statue of Unity, built as a tribute to freedom movement icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary. Built at the cost of Rs 2989 crore, the statue obviously deserved a grand inaugural event and it was as grand as ever. On the banks of the Narmada stands the majestic statue of a great man, who devoted his entire life towards nation building. It was an absolute honour to dedicate the #StatueOfUnity to the nation. We are grateful to Sardar Patel for all that he did for India. pic.twitter.com/q2F4uMRjoc — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018 It took 250 engineers, 3,400 labourers and 33 months, but it's finally here. Appreciate the #StatueOfUnity - no better tribute | India could have been a poverty-free country today with $10 Trillion economy if Sardar Patel had become PM in 1947. pic.twitter.com/zkw2rBT7xk — Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) October 31, 2018 But, not everyone is feeling that patriotic today, with so many people not being able to get over the huge amount spent on it, and protesting by talking about how the money could've been used to help the people of the country and put to a much better use. Along with how the money could've helped with a number of things for the betterment of the country, the statue also cost a bunch of tribal communities living in the vicinity their homes as they had to be displaced for this ambitious project. Well, the 'Statue of Unity' has definitely united people in saying how it was a waste of money. Here's what people are saying on Twitter. The scariest thought. Happy Halloween guys. Here's a scary thought, the government just spent 3000 crores on a statue. — Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) October 31, 2018 Sure it will be. Drinking game for salary day. Have a shot every time someone says the cost of the #StatueOfUnity will be recovered through tourism. — Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) October 31, 2018 That's amazing! #AccheDin in #Kerala vs #Gujarat Pic 1: AccheDin in Gujarat, the #StatueOfUnity worth 3000 Crores Pic 2: AccheDin in Kerala, #Kerala CM presents 192 flats worth 20 Crores for the Fishermen families. Yes, this is how Kerala Brings AccheDin#KeralaLeads#SardarVallabhbhaiPatel pic.twitter.com/uCFfsfv9SP — RiJOYð¨ð»‍ð» (@iamrijoy) October 31, 2018 Ache din are finally here? The #StatueOfUnity is so tall that once you reach the top all you can see is Acchey Din — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) October 31, 2018 Umm. The man whose entire politics is based on divide and rule is inaugurating the statue of a man who stood for unity of the nation. What a paradox!#StatueOfUnity #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel https://t.co/POaY4KkxOn — Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) October 31, 2018 Hard hitting questions. What did we ultimately achieved, With 2689 Crore How many world class schools World class hospitals, How many farmers loans, How many homes to homeless How many world class universities My dear PM, can u answer please U have made another place for crow to shit. — PARVINDER S GHOTRA (@GHOTRAps) October 31, 2018 Need some answers. For me this has no meaning. My kids end up playing in drawing room as there is no playground in our locality. No proper sanitation and cleanliness, bad roads. Sardar would have not liked to spend 3000 cr on himself. When will our leaders realize. POWER HUNGRY scums. pic.twitter.com/tC6rU7sDpL — Raj Koul (@rkoul2) October 31, 2018 So, they're not here. pic.twitter.com/dzIVMmxABB — 4Dpeople (@4DPeopleIND) October 31, 2018 Forget everything else, this is the most important question. If Statues can be built in record time, then why can't other "important" things like roads and bridges? — Lollipop (@imtiyazasadi) October 31, 2018 Should've kept the man's ideologies in mind. Sardar Patel would have been appalled by the crude boastfulness of the ads in his name in today's newspapers. That his statue is taller than any in China, America, Japan, etc. That is certainly not how the Sardar would have measured national dignity and self respect. — Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) October 31, 2018 Hypocrisy. The people who had an issue with Mayawati spending public money on Ambedkar statues and parks are the ones celebrating the 3000 crore Sardar Patel statue. — Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) October 29, 2018 Okay, then. Arguably the most wasteful & disrespectful way to celebrate one of India's greatest leaders will be unveiled today in #Gujarat. #SardarPatel has been reduced to an election gimmick by #BJP. #Sardar and our farmers deserve better! This is a statue of #Modi in disguise. Rs. 3000cr! — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 31, 2018 The money really could've been put to better use. Wish they had built an educational institution. What a monumental waste. Nice way of showing their 'Mine is biggest' #Modi marketing mentality. Let's pray all our tourists flock to see this supposed #StatueOfUnity. — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 31, 2018
  19. As India gets ready to show off its very own “Iron Man”, the 182-metres tall statue of eminent Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is being hailed as an engineering marvel. Located near the Narmada dam in Gujarat, it now holds the title of “the tallest statue in the world”. Also known as the “Statue of Unity”, the monument is double the height of The Statue of Liberty in New York. Not just that, the construction of the monument was completed in a record time of just thirty three months. The monument has been built by Larsen & Toubro Ltd, and the government had to shell out a whopping sum of 3000 crore rupees for its construction! © Twitter Now, while the monument also rightly boasts of a three-star hotel, museum and audio visual gallery within its premises itself, it nonetheless makes us wonder if the hefty amount could have been utilised for better, and more urgent matters. While Modi Ji decided to turn the crores into an iron statue, we asked 7 men to share how they would have liked to utilise the amount given a chance. Well that was a mixed bag of responses, but we do agree with a few things some of these guys mentioned. With only 7.0 physicians and 17.1 nurses every 10,000 patients, India is in dire need of better healthcare facilities, especially in rural and semi rural areas. Investing and promoting low-cost education institutions could have been another way of putting the funds to better use. Waste and infrastructure management needs to be looked into at the earliest. Gurgaon, Mumbai Assam's repeated struggles with annual floods, could have been treated too, to some extent. These are just some areas we have pointed out, but we're sure you can think of many more. So, we'd like to ask you about how you'd spend the 3000 crores, given a chance.
  20. You know a person is filthy rich when he sleeps on a bed of money since his bed sheet has gone in for a wash, or spends Rs. 7 lakh for 7000 hair strands. If you think I am exaggerating, then you clearly don't watch 'Bigg Boss 12' or follow Anup Jalota. © Instagram All those people who religiously follow 'Bigg Boss 12' will agree with me that Anup Jalota is undoubtedly the best thing to ever happen to the show. From stirring controversy by entering the house with his 28-year-old girlfriend Jasleen Matharu, breaking up on the show to going on a romantic date with Jasleen; people are loving Anup Jalota's unseen avatar. Right when people thought that Anup Jalota and Jasleen's relationship was the most shocking development of this season, Jalota came around and proved us all wrong with his latest revelation. © Colors Recently, the King of Bhajans revealed that he spent Rs. 7 lakh on getting hair transplants. He said that he lost all his hair from the frontal part of his scalp, so his cosmetologist charged him Rs. 100 per hair strand. This means he spent Rs. 7 lakhs for just 7000 hair strands. Dr. Batra, are you listening? © Colors He told Deepak Thakur that some hair strands from his beard were also taken for the transplant. The housemates were stunned with his revelation and so are we. Anup Jalota is not only the King of Bhajans, but he's also the King of Entertainment and he's proving it on the show every single day. Honestly, we are thoroughly enjoying all the drama taking place inside the house. Let us know in the comments section about your favourite contestant from 'Bigg Boss 12'.
  21. Ever since 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' entered the 100 Crore Club, Kartik has made his way into the premier league of Bollywood celebrities. His latest achievement is hosting the upcoming IIFA Rocks event. He was also supposed to perform at the most prestigious Bollywood Award show this year, but had to back out due to an injury. We can easily say that the man is on a professional high and is keeping up very well with his new rich lad image, Kartik decided to spend it on a bag that costs way too much. Well, at least for us mere mortals. © Viral Bhayani Heading out to Bangkok to attend the IIFA weekend, Kartik was seen dressed in rather minimal colors and chose to spend everything we have in our bank, on a pair of sneakers and a bag. Seen wearing a white round neck tattered T-shirt with a blue washed out jeans and black jacket, Kartik completed the look with matching black and white sneakers and a bag. Take a deep breath, because we are about to tell you the prices of these precious items. © Balmain Paris © Balmain Paris The Balmain Medium Cruise Backpack costs a whopping € 2,150 (approx. Rs.1,69,850). Made out of black calf leather, the bag features playful American flag motifs on the sides. Add to this, the Balmain embossed high-top sneakers that cost € 823 (approx. Rs.65,020). While we were still recovering from other shockingly expensive celeb looks, Kartik just beat them all with just a bag and a pair of shoes. Talk about saving up for our dream holiday, and here we have Kartik spending our entire savings on an airport look! © Viral Bhayani While we are still calculating the total cost of the outfit, we can't help but acknowledge Kartik's super-easy airport look. This one is easy to replicate by keeping it minimal with a monochrome colour scheme combined with blue washed out jeans. Moral: While we can't afford a six figure bag all we can hope for is a six figure salary!
  22. Thanks to smart watches, all of a sudden, it's now impossible to cheat on your daily routine. They track almost everything, including your calorie burns, calls, selfies and even the number of hours you sleep. Even while you snore, there's a mechanical device tracking your activities and helping you live better. After all, smart watches make your every day drill easier, more efficient, organised and all in all, a hell lot stylish (we'll talk about that in a bit). Besides, smart watches (including the Fossil Q) are also an AM to PM accessory. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood So no surprises here, when the Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch fell into my hands, my desire to try it shot up beyond measure. One fine Sunday, I strapped it onto my wrist and wore it through the day. And believe me, it was the first time the number of steps I had walked in the day, were more than my total calorific consumption. Needless to say, I had a good night's sleep. Time for the real deal. At first glance, the Fossil Q looked like your everyday analog — exceedingly classic in a 'manly' brown. The kinda stuff you pair with almost everything and anything, whether you throw on casuals, semi-formal wear or even slip into a suit. But another look and I noticed the pop orange on the dial and realised why it's a hybrid smartwatch. It had a lot to offer. Being smarter than the rest of course, the Fossil Q can be paired with any android device/iOS. In my case, a quick download of the Fossil Q App from the App Store (+ a Bluetooth pairing), helped me sync the watch to my mobile and I found myself digging deep into the features in store. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood Some of the features that caught my eye: 1. There's a complete Activity Tracker, that records your entire day, including your number of steps, calories burnt. It also has a Sleep Tracker. Besides that, you can even keep a check on your goals, control music and calculate your commute time. 2. I was actually able to find my phone using the Fossil Q app. With just the press of a button, it guided me to my bedroom, where my mobile was sitting, happily tucked under my Khadi duvet. Careless me, but organic me. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood 3. With the camera screen of my phone directed towards me, using the smartwatch's center button, I was able to happily click selfies for my next Instagram upload. Now that's something. 4. Not to forget, the watch vibrated thrice when I received a call. The mechanical arms suggested that it was my Boss Lady (AKA the Editor of MensXP, Namrata Nongpiur) ringing. And that was my key: it was 8:35 AM, and it was time I headed for a meal with her (and a prospective client). I was already late. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood But to be frank, this wasn't a no-brainer for me. Though, I was going to wear the Fossil Q through the day, since I had two (different) circles of friends to socialise with post-breakfast, an outfit decision was key. I decided to keep my trousers and footwear constant. While the trousers were a safe black, the palette of my kicks complimented the colour of the smartwatch — brown. The Fossil Q was my chosen (cc: important) accessory for the day, so I needed to allow it to shine. 1. The Colour Black With A Brown-Strapped Fossil Q Is #CoupleGoals. Outfit #1 of the day, was the epitome of simplicity. All-black for a breakfast may not seem like the best idea for you, but try it — you'd rise above the theory that says, "It's hot, black is not for summer". With earphones in my pocket, four apparel changes in the car and Kurt Cobain on my tee, I drove off. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood Pro-Tip: If you're not into an only-black casual encounter for the day, stick to a fun, cool graphic T-shirt anyway. Try tones of blue, bright colours and pair with khaki-brown chinos, if need be. For best results with a Fossil Q, stick to neutral tones on the outfit to let the spotlight remain on the timepiece. And... after a hefty meal (and only a few professional discussions lol), what followed were two practical but effective outfit changes in the day: 2. Summer Whites Are A Reality. Your Fossil Q's Going To Love Them. For one, let's talk of my tryst with a monochrome (actually, almost-white) ensemble, for a lunch (date) with my girl-best friend. Being a sucker for summer layering, I opted for a shirt-over-a-shirt situation and since summer's here (so, it's officially an all-white season), I decided to head that route. Thanks to my white-on-white decision, it all came to a great close. The Fossil Q being brown in colour (a neutral shade), stood out against the white anyway. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood Pro-Tip: As the day progresses, graduate from a T-shirt to a shirt with your Fossil Q. Keep the base of the outfit very neutral. Since the trend of white-on-white is a big celebrity-favourite right now, we'd suggest you give it a try. Not forgetting, it's also a runway trend. However, if unlike me, you don't want a hint of black on the primary shirt, add some colour to your ensemble with a snapback or even tinted sunnies. 3. The Fossil Q, For A Few Beers Or Cocktails Lastly, for the outfit that closed my day: a Cuban-collared floral shirt topped with a pink bomber jacket — a standing example of my fixation with summer layering. Something, I'd suggest to every style-fanatic out there, aggressively. Pair your groundbreaking florals with a piece of light layering (like a bomber, denim jacket, varsity jacket or shacket) and walk yourself into a hip-hop bar post 7 PM (like I did). © MensXP/Anubhav Sood Pro-Tip: If drinks at 7 PM mean darker tones to you, turn towards bombers in evening-appropriate shades and primary pieces in darker tones (t-shirts/shirts/polo T-shirts). But remember to let the timepiece shine. Since, full-sleeved layering pieces can hide your Fossil Q, either pull the sleeves up, just throw the bomber on your shoulders (instead of wearing it) or in case of a denim jacket, roll it up along with your shirt sleeves. No matter what you wear, just remember: give the watch enough surface area for an uninterrupted view. It was almost midnight now and I was prepared to hit the bed. © MensXP/Anubhav Sood And so I did. I changed into my bed-robe and right before dozing off, decided to view my day on the 'Activity Tracker' on the Fossil Q Mobile App; to verse myself with the number of steps I had walked, miles I had covered and how many I must in the approaching week. ©MensXP/Anubhav Sood All summed up, the Fossil Q surprised me. Not because it was my first experience with a smartwatch, but because I've never been game for typical-looking smartwatches (they don't suit my personal style). But though the Fossil Q didn't look like one, it behaved like one and that for me was a win-win: it had the right amount of tech in a supremely classic (and versatile) timepiece. Now that's a first for the watch industry. To buy the Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch, click here.
  23. Narendra Modi is all about larger than life portrayals. Be it his image, the work he's done in his four years as Prime Minister or the string of campaigns he heads, everything has to be publicised in a grandiose manner and at the end of the day, it costs money. The data revealed under an RTI shows that the Narendra Modi Government spent around Rs. 4343.26 crores in advertisements and publicity over four years in power. As per the data, now available in public domain, the Modi government spent Rs. 424.85 crores on print publicity, Rs. 448.97 crore on electronic media and Rs. 79.72 crore on outdoor publicity from 2014 to 2015. Similarly, the government spent Rs. 1171.11 crore in 2015-106 and 1263.15 crore in 2016-17. © Twitter RTI activist Galgia, who submitted the RTI said that even though the expenses are pretty high, the reduction advertisement expenses in 2017 is a win for those people asking questions about such splurges. “From the details obtained it can be understood that due to constant criticism of the opposition parties and the public on social media the Modi government seems to have reduced its spending on publicity in the year 2017-18. The government which spent Rs 1263.15 crores on publicity in the year 2016-17, spent Rs 955.46 crores in the year 2017-18, which is a reduction of Rs 308 crores and almost 25% less than the previous year," Galgali said in a press statement. © Twitter These expenses on advertisements and publicity of the government's work will definitely increase going into next year, as Modi is sure to unleash a marketing blitzkrieg ahead of the 2019 General Elections. While it's true that his carefully cultivated image does ensure that the development work is there for all to see, this huge expenditure is still being paid off by hard-working citizens of the country through taxes.
  24. Ranbir Kapoor, like most actors in Bollywood, doesn't break a sweat while slipping into some dope-arse sneakers. He's what we'd call a 'sneakerhead', with a part of his head fixated on Alia Bhatt lately (pardon our humour). But that's like moving away from the core of this discussion. All we're saying is, if his recent outings are any indication, even today, the actor's hell-bent on scoring some iconic kicks and wearing them left, right and center. For his lunch date with mama Neetu Kapoor on Mother's Day yesterday, the actor stepped out in a rather casual outfit (a polo T-shirt + ripped jeans) and brought it to a close with his penchant for owning capital-F pair of sneakers. As a carry forward from his last sneaker-outing, that featured a pair of Off-White x Air Jordan 1s in an all-white colour way, this time, he took his Chicago-themed white, black and red pair for a spin. © Viral Bhayani As a matter of fact, Ranbir's worn these sneakers a couple of times in the past (in the year 2017). And his obsession with Air Jordans in life, is quite well-known anyway. Whether he's at a promotional event or is just even driving around in his Rover, on most occasions, you'd find him taking his Jordans out for a casual ride. Factually, the collab this pair belongs to (Off White and Air Jordan) ideally, was one of the biggest collaborations of 2017 and with Virgil Abloh (founder of Off White) and is informally also known as "The 10 edition". © Nike Its features broken down, there's a presence of deconstructed leather throughout the pair, a medial side with the branding "Off-White for Nike Air Jordan 1, Beaverton, Oregon, USA © 1985" on it and flappy ankle collars with "85" written on the inside, "Air" on the midsole and the Nike swoosh on lateral sides. All summed up, this is a dope pair of kicks, man. © Nike When the pair was launched in 2017, it retailed at a price of $190, unfortunately today, you'd find it really hard to score one. As the rule of popularity goes, since there are hardly any pairs left right now, there's been a major spike in the price of the pair. While on a few websites, you can pick the pair for around $600, the StockX (literally like the Sneaker Stock Exchange) says that the last bid for the pair was at $2,249. Phew. © Viral Bhayani But all said and done, thanks to the actor's knack of styling casual wear like casual wear, Ranbir went for a safe palette here, complimenting his baseball cap with the polo T-shirt. Of course, his signature sunnies were involved in the process and his black/gold timepiece was no far behind.
  25. Ranbir Kapoor, like most actors in Bollywood, doesn't break a sweat while slipping into some dope-arse sneakers. He's what we'd call a 'sneakerhead', with a part of his head fixated on Alia Bhatt lately (pardon our humour). But that's like moving away from the core of this discussion. All we're saying is, if his recent outings are any indication, even today, the actor's hell-bent on scoring some iconic kicks and wearing them left, right and center. For his lunch date with mama Neetu Kapoor on Mother's Day yesterday, the actor stepped out in a rather casual outfit (a polo T-shirt + ripped jeans) and brought it to a close with his penchant for owning capital-F pair of sneakers. As a carry forward from his last sneaker-outing, that featured a pair of Off-White x Air Jordan 1s in an all-white colour way, this time, he took his Chicago-themed white, black and red pair for a spin. © Viral Bhayani As a matter of fact, Ranbir's worn these sneakers a couple of times in the past (in the year 2017). And his obsession with Air Jordans in life, is quite well-known anyway. Whether he's at a promotional event or is just even driving around in his Rover, on most occasions, you'd find him taking his Jordans out for a casual ride. Factually, the collab this pair belongs to (Off White and Air Jordan) ideally, was one of the biggest collaborations of 2017 and with Virgil Abloh (founder of Off White) and is informally also known as "The 10 edition". © Nike Its features broken down, there's a presence of deconstructed leather throughout the pair, a medial side with the branding "Off-White for Nike Air Jordan 1, Beaverton, Oregon, USA © 1985" on it and flappy ankle collars with "85" written on the inside, "Air" on the midsole and the Nike swoosh on lateral sides. All summed up, this is a dope pair of kicks, man. © Nike When the pair was launched in 2017, it retailed at a price of $190, unfortunately today, you'd find it really hard to score one. As the rule of popularity goes, since there are hardly any pairs left right now, there's been a major spike in the price of the pair. While on a few websites, you can pick the pair for around $600, the StockX (literally like the Sneaker Stock Exchange) says that the last bid for the pair was at $2,249. Phew. © Viral Bhayani But all said and done, thanks to the actor's knack of styling casual wear like casual wear, Ranbir went for a safe palette here, complimenting his baseball cap with the polo T-shirt. Of course, his signature sunnies were involved in the process and his black/gold timepiece was no far behind.
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